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Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders
The editors of Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders have brought together an outstanding group of contributors to provide comprehensive coverage of this important and timely topic. The chapters are well edited and describe approaches for evaluating specific areas of impairment including: social behavior; speech, language and communication; intellectual functioning; neuropsychological functioning; and co-occurring problems. Topics also include school-based assessment, how to communicate findings to parents, strategies for avoiding under- and over-diagnosis, and alternative assessment methods. While the primary emphasis of the text is on children, several chapters discuss assessment issues related to adolescents and young adults. Chapter 12 will be of particular interest to the school-based professional as it focuses on the assessment of autism spectrum disorders in the school setting. The authors discuss functional assessment procedures in the classroom and describe current diagnostic assessment practices in several model schools and educational programs. Although the chapter provides important descriptive information, its relevance to school-based practice would have been enhanced by including an autism specific algorithm to illustrate best practice in screening and assessment. In summary, this book has much to offer the school-based practitioner.
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